Make Friends, Not Foes: Why Friendship Is Important and What to Look for in a Friend

There’s no doubt about it, friendships are important. Nourri cares about you, and it’s important that you’ve got a strong support system of people who care about you. That’s why it’s good for you to be able to cultivate strong friendships. You’re special, fun, and caring, and those are all great qualities to find in a friend. So, there’s nothing stopping you from making friends! We’re going to explain the importance of good friends. You’ve got to make friends that will support you, just like you’ll support them. Let’s get into it!

The Importance of Friends

Despite the fact that friendships are important, society places a lot of emphasis on romantic relationships. Take a breath. It’s okay if you don’t have a significant other, because friendships can provide you with the same happiness and contentment that romantic relationships do. 

Friendships are important, because they have an impact on our overall happiness and mental health. Let’s say that you’re feeling down. If you’ve got a great friend to confide in, then the chances are that you’re going to feel comforted and joyful, when you talk to that friend. If you didn’t seek out the comfort of a friend, you’d probably feel isolated and lonely—so friends are important to making us feel connected and fulfilled.

It might sound crazy, but friends are as important to living a long healthy life, as exercise. Studies show that friends help extend our lifespans. With that, friends are…super important.

Importance of Friendship

What are the Benefits of Friendship?

Good question. We’ve explained that friends can make us feel less lonely and happier, but there are other benefits to having quality friendships. For one, friends can help you achieve your goals. You’ve got a lot to offer, but it’s easy to get sidetracked, when you’re trying to achieve your goals. It happens to everyone, because there are a lot of things out there that distract us. However, if you’ve got a great friend who knows that you want to accomplish something, then the chances are that they’ll motivate you to follow through on your goals.

Another benefit of friendship is that having a good friend will reduce your stress levels. A major contributing factor to depression is being lonely. When you’re isolated, negative thoughts get louder and louder, so when you’ve got a good friend to distract you from those negative thoughts, you’re less likely to be stressed and depressed.

Here’s another one: friends make you feel better about yourself! Nourri knows that you’re epic, but sometimes it’s hard to see the great qualities we possess, for ourselves. Friends help you recognize that you’ve got a lot of great qualities. When your friends make you feel needed, you’re going to feel better about yourself. And when your friends let you know all the things about you that are great, you’re going to feel better about yourself. In more ways than one, friends help you see the good in yourself!

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What Should I Look for in a Good Friend?

Making friends is daunting! We’ve been over all the benefits of friendship, so you might be thinking: making friends sounds great…how do I find good friends, myself? If you’re thinking that, good question. If you’re looking for good friends, you’ve got to make sure that you find someone that you can communicate with on a deep level. Look for someone who has a genuine interest in what you have to say, because what you say matters! You want a friend who accepts you for being you, and you need to feel comfortable being yourself around this friend. Plus, you want to find a friend who really listens to you.

Always Focus on the Way a Friendship Feels, Don’t Worry About What It Looks Like

Superficial appearances are not important when it comes to friendship. You need to make sure that you feel cared for and supported by your friend, and if you do, don’t worry about what others think about your friendship! The only two people who matter are you and your friend, so if you feel connected to each other, embrace it!

Well, we’ve talked a lot about friendship, and we hope that you’ve learned a lot about how to find good friends and the benefit of good friends. Don’t settle when it comes to finding a good friend. And remember, you’ve always got a friend in Nourri.

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